Haitians hope for end to food aid backlog; search crews make 'miracle' rescue

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 7:07 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A French search team that wouldn't give up is being credited with another "miracle" rescue in Haiti's capital.

They found a teenage girl barely alive under the rubble of a home yesterday, 15 days after Haiti's 7.0 magnitude quake. It's the first such recovery since Saturday, when French crews rescued a man from the ruins of a grocery store.

But, above ground, hundreds of thousands of quake survivors are hoping for another kind of breakthrough — in delivering badly needed food and other aid.

Relief experts say the disaster's scale and Haiti's poor infrastructure are presenting unprecedented challenges, but Haitian leaders complain that aid coordination has been poor.

The U.N. World Food Program reports that deliveries have been hampered by rising tensions and security incidents — "including people rushing distribution points for food."

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Didier Le Bret (DEE'-dee-ay lu BREHT'), French ambassador to Haiti

Didier Le Bret, the French ambassador to Haiti, says many of the rescue teams, including the French squad that rescued the teen, have refused to give up the search for possible survivors.

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Sound of Haitian residents applauding and calling out

This is the sound of Haitian residents applauding and calling out as rescue crews walk past with a rescued teenaged girl on a stretcher.

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Didier Le Bret (DEE'-dee-ay lu BREHT'), French ambassador to Haiti

Didier Le Bret, the French ambassador to Haiti, says it's amazing a teenaged girl pulled from the rubble on Wednesday could still be alive.

<<CUT …085 (01/28/10)>> 00:06 "be heavily traumatized"

Didier Le Bret (DEE'-dee-ay lu BREHT'), French ambassador to Haiti

Didier Le Bret, the French ambassador to Haiti, says the teenaged girl pulled from the rubble on Wednesday was able to mumble a few words.

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Gordon Duguid (DOO'-gud), U.S. Embassy spokesman

Embassy spokesman Gordon Duguid says there have been problems getting food to the people who need it the most.

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Colonel Rick Kaiser, commander of the 20th Engineering Brigade

Colonel Rick Kaiser says much of Haiti's electricity will be out for a couple more weeks.

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: In this photo released by MINUSTAH, a police officer points his weapon at a looter in downtown Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Sporadic looting continues as earthquake survivors scavenge for anything they can find in the rubble left by Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake.

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: A woman looks for salvageable items among the rubble in Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Sporadic looting continues as earthquake survivors scavenge for anything they can find in the rubble left by Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake.

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